Ruled by the Dragonqueen, Alexstrasza, the Red Dragonflight exemplifies the serenity of life and nature, reflecting awe-inspiring nobility. Proclaimed protectors and defenders of all life as it is, they rule as lords over all dragonkind. Mortal legends, passed down through generations and written down in the annals of history, speak the truth about their life giving breath and a red dragon's fire can both protect and punish.
C U L T U R E
Long ago, the titan creator Eonar entrusted the red dragons with maintaining the harmony and prosperity of life, a task they never failed to fulfill. Custodians of all life on Azeroth, they have also been granted power over death, being capable of both rejuvenating and draining life. A red dragon will not hesitate to kill a creature if its actions put other lives in danger and at the same time, they are capable of giving life once again to another, though always as a last resort.
The red dragons are entirely loyal to their Queen and they are known to have shown utmost respect towards her now deceased consorts, the ancient and wise Tyranastrasz, also known as "The Scholarly One" and the loyal Korialstrasz.
Guardians of life and defenders of Azeroth, the red dragons are known to battle those who wish to do the world harm, particularly the Black dragonflight, their Twilight aberrations and, above all, the great dark leviathan, Deathwing.
|Relationships with mortals|
The agents of the red dragons can be seen all over Azeroth, seeing as the members of the flight take their charge seriously, keeping a watchful eye on mortals, organizations and places. Friendly towards the humans and elves, the red dragons use their powers to disguise themselves as these members of the mortal races.
The Red dragonflight is referred to under different names as well, including Crimson, Ruby and Vermillion. While in their mortal guises, some members of the flight prefer to take on different names, in order to hide their true identity, thus operating in secret. The flight's given names end in ~strasz for males and ~strasza for females.
H I S T O R Y
Charge of the Dragonflights (-64.000)
|Once their work on the small world of Azeroth was finished, the Titans were ready to depart. However, before they did so, they chose the greatest species of the world and charged them with an important task: guard it against anyone or anything who might threaten to tip the fragile balance of the scales. The red dragonflight was one of the five flights that held dominion over their brethren and thus, this flight’s leader was amongst those upon whom the Pantheon imbued a portion of their power. Alexstrasza was blessed by Eonar, patron of all life and her and her flight would forever more work to safeguard all living creatures within the world. In those ancient times, the Dragon Aspects stood united against a foe who threatened their entire species: the bloodthirsty Father of Dragons, Galakrond, who all dragons lived in fear of, as he devoured dozens upon dozens of them. Due to her supreme wisdom and limitless compassion for all living things, Alexstrasza was crowned the Dragon Queen and given dominion over her kind. Thus, the Age of Dragons began. |
"I cannot help but wonder if things would have turned out different if the titans had elevated even one more dragonflight." -Alexstrasza the Dragon Queen
War of the Ancients (-10,000)
Time passed and the newly created world thrived, continuing to evolve with the apparition of the mortal sentient races. However, it was only a matter of time before the very life the dragons were tasked to protect endangered the life of the world known back then as Kalimdor. The first threat the world ever had to face came from the demonic Burning Legion and its leader, Sargeras.
|Back in those days, Deathwing was known was the uncorrupted Aspect of the Earth, Neltharion, one of the Dragon Queen’s closest and wisest advisors. He was the one who suggested that a magical artifact be created, in order to help destroy the demons. Thus, the Dragon Soul was created, towards the creation of which Alexstrasza gave much of her own essence, along with each dragon.|
The members of the Red flight joined the others in flight over the battle and Neltharion brought forth the artifact, devastating the demonic forces. However, to everyone’s shock, the artifact was also turned against the Kaldorei and the other dragons, which were completely helpless and paralyzed. Korialstrasz, the Queen’s mate, whose essence, liken Neltharion’s, did not empower the artifact came to their aid and while he could not match up against the Aspect of Earth, he was successful in interrupting his concentration long enough to allow the dragons to escape.
Malygos, the aspect of magic, was angered by this betrayal and him and his azure flight charged against the betrayer. The price they paid was great, as Neltharion unleashed the Dragon Soul against them and wiped out a large portion of them. The other dragonflights charged into battle as well, but Neltharion escaped. Injured, shocked and broken, the dragons all retreated as well, forced to abandon the mortals before the invading demons. The damaged done to the ancient dragons was far too great. Despite all this, the Kaldorei and their allies were able to defeat the invasion, but at the greatest cost the world had ever seen up to that moment.
The Sundering (-10,000)
|Thousands of lives were lost and the face of Azeroth was changed forever, as a large part of its landmass was sent to the depth of the ocean, never to see the light of the sun again. Neltharion’s betrayal left its mark deeply upon the ancient dragons, bringing their age to an end. The Queen and two of the other aspects, Ysera and Nozdormu decided together to make sure the Dragon Soul could never be wielded by a dragon again. They placed an enchantment upon the artifact and hid it deep beneath the earth. Then, they showed themselves before the just as wounded ancient race of the Kal’dorei and presented them with a gift.|
The Queen produced a single enchanted acorn, plucked from the Mother Tree G’Hanir, which she placed within the new Well of Eternity, located atop Mount Hyjal. From this single acorn, embraced by the magic waters of the well, grew a massive tree, named Nordrassil, which was then blessed by Ysera and Nozdormu, to forever guard the new well. For millenias to come, the dragons continued to protect Azeroth, silently, until the time came for them to rise once again.
War of the Shifting Sands (-1000)
Thousands of years passed since the dragons last charged into battle as one. New mortal races appeared on the surface of the planet and nations rose and fell as it was now the age of mortals. In Kalimdor, dark forces stirred, threatening the very existence of the ancient continent. The mortals found themselves outnumbered and weak before the attacking insects and so they turned for help to the draconic ancients.
|Reluctant at first, they decided to aid the mortals once again, red blue, bronze and green fighting together, the reds led by Caelestrasz, son of the Dragon Queen. The dragons and winged Qiraji clashed in the cloudless sky above Silithus as the whole of the Kalimdorian Kaldorei forces streamed across the sands. The dragons could sense something within the ancient city of the Qiraji, something ancient and terrifying.|
|It was then when a final, desperate plan was hatched: to contain the insects inside the city. With the aid of the four dragonflights, the final push began and working as one, dragons and mortals pushed the forces back towards the city of Ahn’Qiraj. Caelestrasz, along with Merithra and Arygos decided to push into the city to hold the enemies back long enough for the other to raise a magical barrier that would contain them. The three were thought to be lost forever only to be later found captured and tortured in order to use them to create the Moam and the Obsidian destroyer. After the last of the enemies were slain, the sands of Silithus|
were littered with the corpses of fallen Qiraji, Kaldorei and dragons. At the end of the war, a shard of the artifact known as The Scepter of the Shifting Sands, required to open the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj, was entrusted to the red wyrm Vaelastrasz by Nozdormu's son and heir, Anachronos.